May 01, 2009

SDSU BioScience Center UpData

By Roberta Gottlieb, M.D.

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Staphylococcus aureus

Research Updates

With the imminent completion of the BSC's third floor, we have made a significant advance toward assembling the full team of collaborative investigators. In fact, the BSC is anticipating the arrival of a group of immunologists from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, with a targeted move-in date of August 1. These talented scientists are already developing collaborations with SDSU scientists to address important problems such as a vaccine development for Staphylococcus aureus, the bacterium that causes endocarditis, toxic shock syndrome, and other life-threatening conditions. The (soon to be former) Sidney Kimmel immunologists are outstanding scientists with considerable NIH funding and they will make important contributions in the coming years.

Productivity of the BSC investigators is reflected by peer-reviewed publications, grant support and patent applications. Since January 2008, BSC investigators have published 21 articles and have brought in $2.63M in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Two patent applications have been filed on discoveries made in the BSC. This is an impressive level of productivity for just four investigators and their team of 20 students and staff researchers.

Funding Updates

Construction on the Donald P. Shiley Cardiovascular Research Center will be complete in late June. Please save the date of July 15, when we will honor Donald and Darlene Shiley for their visionary gift to build out the third floor.

Gary Kreitzer
Gary Kreitzer

We are also delighted to express our appreciation to Maxine and Gary Kreitzer, whose gift to name the third floor conference room brings us that much closer to achieving our goals. The Maxine and Gary Kreitzer Conference Room will be home to many exciting discussions and discoveries in the years ahead.

This week we submitted a $3M grant application to NIH requesting funding to build out the second floor and to complete the remaining shell space in the basement. If funded, we will be able to bring in the full complement of microbial investigators. The synergistic interactions will be enhanced by being located in shared space.

Despite financial commitments from the College of Sciences and the SDSU Research Foundation, it will take additional private resources to start up our much-anticipated immunologists from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. We hope the BSC advisory board and others will continue to take a leadership role in securing additional funds. Pam Becker and I will be in touch in the near future to schedule a meeting so we may discuss these opportunities in more detail. Your support and guidance will help make real our shared vision of what the BioScience Center can achieve.